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MartinB

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You'll find lots of information and inspiration on that link it is all from members with altaz mounts.

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30 minutes ago, Miguel1983 said:

but i'm limited in exposure time to max 8 - 10 seconds due to the AZ mount.

Check out that thread - people there are getting 30 seconds to a minute before field rotation is spoiling their images. Its all about getting the best out of an AZ mount.

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My first DSO image, taken Sep 2017 on an EOS7D/2 + 300mm f/2.8 , 9 x 50 secs tracked on an AZ-EQ6 GT (using alt-az) from a really quite dark place near Baltimore in SW Ireland. Stacking in Pixinsight and curves in Photoshop. TBH I was a bit shocked (in a good way). I'm looking forward to improving it...

Edit: each "sub" was 50-odd seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600 . I recorded 12 in all, but I rejected 3.

 

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Found this old one on a photobucket account.

My first HH nebula 2009 and my second attempt this winter:

 

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This is my first attempt using a Skywatcher 250px and a smartphone on a smartphone holder. 

The Orion nebula. 

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After 3 months of getting my first setup together, finally had a chance to try everything out. Other than a few initial issues with targeting got to grips with putting into practice everything I had read. Other than some dodgy colouring in processing, fairly happy with my first ever session. 

Tom. 

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The ever popular Orion Nebula was my first DSO - captured a couple of weeks back.  Mixture of 4 mins, 2 mins, 1 min and 30 sec subs, unguided.  Stacked in Pixinsight and processed in PS.  

HEQ5, SW ED 80 DS, Canon 5d mkii

 

Steve

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Posted (edited)

A bit late to the party but here goes...

My first ever astrophotography image of Pleiades was with a FinePix S5700 7.1 MP camera using the full 10x optical zoom on it, 800ISO, F3.5. 22 images in total, each of 4 seconds done on a tripod stacked in DSS and no further processing done on it. So plenty of field rotation there... Taken on the 7th of November 2015.

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I know, laughable compared to the stunning ones seen here but still take a bit of pride in it and shall be keeping it as a memory.

 

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First DSO with our Esprit150, Morvan CCD, 2x5 mins luminance, red green and blue. Mesu200 mount.

Tomato did all the hard work setting up and taking down the equipment, me 170 miles away looking in using TeamViewer.

We had a problem of the mount "sinking" into the lawn and we know that the field flattener is not positioned correctly.

Also include a picture of our stepper motor focuser with temperature compensation via Hitec controller.

M51

 

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Posted (edited)

This is a nebula I randomly pointed my camera at the other night. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe it is b89 (or at least near b89). I am pretty new to serious AP, so getting this shot was great. It is a stack of 15 6s frames, untracked. I'm currently working on editing a picture I got of the Orion nebula, which was taken right before it set (you couldn't even see Rigel at that point), and I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Edit: The reason this picture is so overly-blue is because it was pretty much taken during a full moon (98%). I live under class 4 skies (yellow zone) and if it were a new moon, you would be able to see a lot more.

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